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Disaster recovery assistance activated by Province

The Province of Ontario has announced that it has activated its Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas in Orangeville. Flooding and property damage resulted from two significant rainfall events in Orangeville this summer. On June 23, 2017, the Town received 110 mm of rain in approximately three hours and on August 1, 2017, the Town received in excess of 80 mm of rain, with 72.6 mm coming down in one hour. Both storms overwhelmed area creeks and infrastructure, and caused flooding and damage to private property.

Affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses.

The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a main small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer back-up is not eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households. The program covers essentials only, such as furnaces and hot water heaters. It does not cover costs such as refinishing basement recreation rooms and does not pay for items that are covered through an insurance policy.

The deadline to submit an application is January 19, 2018. More information, program guidelines and the application are available at Disaster Recovery Assistance. Contact 1-844-780-8925 if you need assistance.

Eligibility is specific to flood-affected areas of Town. The ministry’s map includes most of Orangeville, but excludes properties in the west end. If you had damage but are outside the specified area, please complete the survey. The Town will submit the survey to the province.  If there is a need, the province may expand the eligible areas in Orangeville.

Anyone without access to a computer may pick up a copy of the program guidelines and application at the Municipal Offices at 87 Broadway.